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Audio CD, Original recording remastered, July 31, 2015
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Presence, In Through The Out Door, and Coda have been remastered for 2015 by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page and are accompanied by companion audio comprised of previously unreleased music related to the original release.
The appropriately titled Coda was Led Zeppelin s final album of studio recordings. Released in 1982, it was comprised of eight unreleased tracks recorded between 1970 and 1978. It peaked at #6 on the album charts and has been certified platinum in the U.S.
The reissue campaign ends with a double-barrel blast of Led. Coda will be the only Led Zeppelin deluxe edition to include two companion discs, featuring 15 tracks recorded between 1968 and 1974. The oldest song in the collection is also perhaps the most interesting. The frenetic blues jam Sugar Mama was recorded in 1968 at Olympic Studios during sessions for the band s eponymous debut. The song was completed but never officially released until now. Baby Come On Home from the same session is also included in the set. Also included is the previously unreleased St. Tristan s Sword, a rollicking instrumental recorded during the Led Zeppelin III sessions in 1970.
Coda is available in the following formats:
Single CD Remastered original album. Coda will be packaged in a gatefold card wallet.
Deluxe Edition (3CD) Remastered album, plus two discs of unreleased companion audio.
Single LP Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl, packaged in a sleeve that replicates the LP s first pressing in exacting detail.
Deluxe Edition Vinyl Remastered album and unreleased companion audio on 2 180-gram vinyl LPs.
Digital Download Remastered album and companion audio will both be available.
Super Deluxe Boxed Set This collection includes Remastered album on CD in vinyl replica sleeve, Companion audio on CD in card wallet, Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve replicating first pressing, Companion audio on 180-gram vinyl, High-def audio download card of all content at 96kHz/24 bit, Hard bound, 72+ page book filled with rare and previously unseen photos and memorabilia, High quality print of the original album cover, the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered.
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This deluxe edition might turn out to be the real treasure chest of them all, though, with the material on the two bonus discs. As with any newer version like this, previously unreleased songs are golden, and this contains several. “Sugar Mama” is a track from the recording session for their debut album. It's a fun, swinging rock 'n' roll song that, in my mind, would have fit right in on either of their first two albums. The instrumental “St. Tristan's Sword” was recorded for III. This one is 5½ minutes of hard rock jamming that sounds like it belongs on Zeppelin I or II. Just a fantastic inclusion. There's also an awesome rough mix of “When the Levee Breaks” called “If It Keeps On Raining.” It's a stark, stripped down version of what would end up on IV, with a very different subdued vocal by Plant, the guitars lower in the mix, and a crawling bass line. This is one of my top three or four Zeppelin songs, so this early version is a real treat for me, and a truly interesting listen. Next up is the Bombay Orchestra version of “Four Sticks” called “Four Hands,” which now gets an official release, alongside “Friends” from the same session.
If all of this wasn't enough, you also get the bonus songs from the 1993 CD edition, which includes radio staples “Travelling Riverside Blues” from their '69 BBC session and “Hey Hey What Can I Do,” the classic B-side from the “Immigrant Song” single. ("White Summer/Black Mountain Side" is excluded, presumably because it appears on the Led Zeppelin I bonus disc, albeit a different live version than originally appeared on Coda.) There are also shorter, instrumental versions of "Poor Tom" and "Walter's Walk." Still not sold? How about an amazing alternate version of "In The Light" called "Everybody Makes It Through," which is closer to the album version than the one from the Physical Graffiti Deluxe Edition, but is still quite the variation, with different keyboard parts, vocals, and lyrics. It's just fantastic to listen to for me. These discs make up an incredibly fun listening experience, with such variety and so many oddities. It's an easy recommendation to any Zeppelin fan, and an easy five stars. A big thank you to Jimmy Page for this past year of new deluxe editions. I've thoroughly enjoyed them, and will continue to for years to come.
First of all, the deluxe box package is extremely lavish, continuing with the pics and artifacts from their concert and tours of that respective time. The original album disc is true to the 1982 release, but with a much improved sonic update. In my opinion, the bonus tracks on the companion discs, (two for this release), are: "If It Keeps On Raining" (When the Levee Breaks) -- sans the monstrous ambient sound from LZ IV, this version is compelling simply for John Bonham's drum work. Not as intense as the original version, but still an unheard, tasty gem. "Sugar Mama" -- early release in the beginning days of their studio time, it harkens to Page's final days with the Yardbirds. "St. Tristan's Sword" -- an excellent instrumental track from the 1970 LZ III sessions....may have been planned as a full track with vocals, but is presented here without Plants contribution. Great Les Paul/ Marshall rhythm work by Page coupled with Jones/ Bonham master backing. A differing mix of "Bonzo's Montreux" is present, giving a new insight into the complex overdubs of percussion and drums. One lost opportunity -- an extended complete release of the "Moby Dick" solo would be nice. I didn't know until recently that the original LZ II '69 release is edited.
All of the unreleased tracks that surfaced on the 1990 and '93 boxsets have been included here, so none of those are overlooked. And finally, much has been written about the two tracks recorded in India in 1972 with the Bombay Orchestra. I expected "Friends" to surface on the LZ III companion disc -- I was very disappointed that it wasn't.....so, on the LZ IV companion release, I expected redemption by including "Four Sticks" and "Friends". No such luck -- I thought this was a big lost opportunity. These companion discs represent the perfect occasion to make these lost gems available, so I was pleasantly surprised and very excited to see that Jimmy Page has included them here....anyone familiar with the Page/ Plant "Unledded/ No Quarter" project, will recognize the genesis of those said tracks.
So, steadfast fans may need to accept that this is probably it --- I wouldn't expect any more studio tracks from Led Zeppelin's brilliant career. Hopefully, more live releases will be issued. How about a full comprehensive issue of 1975's Earl Courts shows in CD and DVD? We know it exists.....what are you waiting for? We're not getting any younger here.....
So, here are some precious tracks that have never seen the light of day since, in some cases, as long as 47 years.
Highly recommended -- its well worth it.....